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• Kraft Heinz division Devour Food has joined with the American Cornhole League to uncover from among its ranks the "Devour Man of the Year," with the winner earning $10,000 and free Devour Pizza for a year. Details here.

• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.

• Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird will be the co-recipients of the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award, to be honored during the NBA Awards on June 24 (TNT).

• The American Gaming Assn. has released a new set of self-regulations on advertising and marketing legal sports betting, the “Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering. The code, developed in coordination with its members, “extends commitments made by individual companies through their own responsible marketing activities and those adhered to by all association members through the Responsible Gaming Code of Conduct. “The new code includes self-imposed restrictions on target audiences, outlets and materials branding, while mandating responsible gaming inclusion.” Full story here.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.” 

POLL POSITION

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23 players who will represent the U.S. in France and seek to defend their FIFA Women’s World Cup crown (July 7-Aug.7).

GOALKEEPERS

Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS
Abby Dahlkemper* (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson* (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn* (NC Courage), Ali Krieger*** (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara*** (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn*** (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett* (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS
Morgan Brian** (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz** (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan* (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle* (Washington Spirit), Allie Long* (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis* (NC Courage)
FORWARDS
Tobin Heath*** (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd**** (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald* (NC Courage), Alex Morgan*** (Orlando Pride), Christen Press** (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh* (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe*** (Reign FC)
* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup

KEEPING SCORE

Results from NBA Draft Lottery 2019 presented by State Farm — aka the Zion Williamson Lottery:
1. New Orleans  
2. Memphis        
3. New York        
4.Los Angeles Lakers     
5. Cleveland
6. Phoenix          
7. Chicago
8. Atlanta
 9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Minnesota
12. Charlotte        
13.  Miami
14.  Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office May 3-5
1. Avengers: Endgame $145.8M
2. The Intruder $11M
3. Long Shot $10M
4. Uglydolls $8.5M
5. Captain Marvel $4.3M
6. Breakthrough $3.9M
7. Curse of La Llorona $3.5M
8. Shazam! $2.4M
9. Little $1.5M
10. Dumbo $1.4M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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COLLEGE

BodyArmor Into NCAA
No. 1 Colleges Since '92
Notre Dame Builds Brand
Cancer Drives Home
Men's Hoops Are 'Toxic'

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Channel Chasers

NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

Wednesday
Apr052017

Buster Posey Leaves Home (Plate) To Motivate Neighbors For Esurance

By Barry Janoff

April 5, 2017: Apparently not content to show up in a hospital to support a couple about to have a baby, Buster Posey is extending his energy by leaving his position behind home plate to roam the neighborhood still wearing his catcher's gear in a new campaign from Esurance.

The multi-media effort, "Pep Talks With Buster," from the official auto insurance sponsor for MLB marks the third year Posey, a three-time World Series champion with the San Francisco Giants, is fronting marketing for the company, breaking on-air and online.

The humorous scenarios, of course, are auto related, including helping a dad install a stubborn car seat and motivating a young driver.

"I always have a lot of fun working with the Esurance team and can relate to many of the situations in the social videos, especially installing a car seat for the first time," Posey said in a statement. "We’ve built a great partnership over the past three years, and they have a product I know and trust for my family."

Esuarnce said "Pep Talks With Buster" would be anchored by a series of TV spots and also have significant reach on Internet, social media and fan activation.

Esurance, a division of Allstate, also said it would return as title sponsor for the all-digital Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot and the Esurance MLB Awards. The company will unveil specific activations associated with the programs later in the season.

"This year, we’ll continue to provide fans unique access to content and experiences that bring them closer to the game they love. We’re also focusing on using creative, data-driven digital strategies to reach the baseball audience with effective, personalized messages,” Nancy Abraham,vp-integrated marketing communications for San Francisco-based Esurance, said in a statement.

"Through our MLB partnership we’re able to connect our brand with consumers through their passion points at relevant, timely moments throughout the year," said Abraham.

In 2015, Posey's debut with Esurance included a TV spot, "Sorta Doctor," under the brand's umbrella "Sorta You Isn't You" campaign ("I’m not your doctor, but we both wear gloves and deliver in the clutch").

In 2016, a "What Would Buster Do?" series of ads found the catcher showing how not to make decisions — coming to the plate with an imaginary bat and acting as a mime, using a bull fighter's cape at the plate in place of a bat and having a temper tantrum as a two-year-old when he strikes out.

A voiceover explained that Posey would not make these types of bad decisions because, "Buster is a smart person. And smart people get Esurance."

According to Esurance, "Pep Talks with Buster" features Posey "giving pep talks to people having self-doubt in everyday situations, like changing a tire for the first time or installing a car seat.

"Buster perfectly delivers these 'meeting on the mound' talks as a metaphor to the confidence boost customers feel with Esurance. From choosing coverage that fits, to settling claims quickly and efficiently, to feeling confident they’re properly protecting their cars, everyone can use a little pep talk sometimes."

Spots being launched this week include "Car Seat Timeout" and "Rookie Driver," with more creative to follow.

In addition, the campaign has an anthem spot, "Buster Posey In Control," that establishes the premise for the ’17 strategy.

"Buster Posey loves being in control," a voiceover says as we see Posey behind the plate during a game. He then breaks the fourth wall. "Whoa, we always do baseball," he says.

The camera pulls back to show the crew and set. "How about a beach," he requests, then sees sand, palm trees and a jet ski delivered to him. "Anything else?" "A sidekick (he gets another guy dressed as a catcher on a jet ski) and maybe a sweet theme song (at which point a rock band appears)."

The voiceover explains, "Buster knows what he wants. that’s why he has Esurance. Their easy online tools make him feel confident he made the right call. That’s insurance for the modern world."

Esurance’s MLB activation this season also includes its second season sponsoring MLB on TuneIn LIVE, TuneIn's original MLB show of record, providing listeners with drop-ins from local radio coverage of MLB games in progress, plus postgame interviews and analyses.

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